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Old 02-19-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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ZOMG - AMGEEEEEEE!!! (some pics of Toadster's car)

as you guys probably have seen in my other thread about picking up the E55, it was a great two day trip

at first, the traffic in Seattle was HORRENDOUS - Obama was visiting Boeing, there was a refinery fire in Tacoma, raining like cats and dogs, and Friday night to boot...

got my valve cover gaskets repaired at Lynnwood Mercedes, and got my extended warranty


it took us 5.5 hours to drive to Portland which should take about 3 hours

once we got through to Portland, we stayed overnight - and left around 10am the next day... much nicer, very little rain the rest of the trip.

My wife and I met up with JP (Quattrodude) and his wife and got to see his '06. We had a great couple of hours chatting up the cars and the women had a blast shopping. Even got my wife a Coach purse

Once we hit the mountains, it was 26 degrees and snow on both sides of the road, there was so much sand and gravel on the roads, mixed with the trucks - the silver car turned an ashen brown... really nasty, I couldn't bring myself to take a pic.

Finally got home last night around 2am from the drive to Seattle... and as usual with my cranky self, still ended up waking up at 7:30am

anyhoo - got my car cleaned up and took some pics today...















took it out for a good rip today, I think the I/C pump is failing - also heard 'the chirp' a few times today when the S/C engaged.

the only options missing are the phone and satellite ratio - there's an AUX connector for an iPOD but it sounds horrid...

all in all, this car is fantastic - life isn't complete without an AMG
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Congrats bro and welcome finally
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nice job Turdster... how did you find it driving through the wintery area?
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Very nice congrats, was up in Seattle a few weeks ago, love it up there minus the constant wet weather
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So besides a new pump, what are your first mods? And please don't ask about tires.
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Congrats love the pano
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nice job Turdster... how did you find it driving through the wintery area?
We turned off cruise control through the hills and gravelly crap... never got loose though

it was more a nuisance having 10 billions trucks spraying all the dirt/water up off the road... got to try the headlight washers a bit too.

I did really appreciate the wipers as the rain varied a lot, so they'd turn on as needed and go away when it was dry... took a few minutes to figure it out

we did manage to pull down 22.6mpg once everything cleared up and set the cruise control...

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Congrats on the new ride! Well worth the wait I bet!
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So besides a new pump, what are your first mods? And please don't ask about tires.
well, gonna wait a bit as I got a warranty with $0 deductible, but I don't think I can start on it 3 days after i get the car - gotta check the fine print - although an I/C pump can't really be determined if it's starting to fail as the PPI doesn't have the car for 3 days so I may be ok.

going to do some basic stuff, K&N filters (always do those on all my cars), trunk spoiler, and some new flat badges for a start

as for tires - I have Michelin Pilot A/S Plus on there now, and the previous owner even put 275's out back

they'll last me through spring (I hope)
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IC pump is easy to change out yourself if you handy with a screwdriver and dont mind going into the wheel well. Try the Meizere pump. IC pump is a common problem with all S/C AMGs even the C32s.

I think you'll find using K&N filters will have a zero effect on your car vs. OEM filters. Some have even reported less hp using them.
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So why do you have the guys driveway as part of your sig?
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IC pump is easy to change out yourself if you handy with a screwdriver and dont mind going into the wheel well. Try the Meizere pump. IC pump is a common problem with all S/C AMGs even the C32s.

I think you'll find using K&N filters will have a zero effect on your car vs. OEM filters. Some have even reported less hp using them.
it seems an easy enough fix to be honest, but I may as well start using my warranty - right?

I haven't been able to find a dyno before/after (using search) but most people stated that they could tell a slight difference with the K&N filters - I know there's always the folks who say 'more air means more dirt' - but it's the general purpose of the engine anyways - just a big air pump.

I usually see MPG improvements going to the freer flowing filters as well...
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it seems an easy enough fix to be honest, but I may as well start using my warranty - right?

I haven't been able to find a dyno before/after (using search) but most people stated that they could tell a slight difference with the K&N filters - I know there's always the folks who say 'more air means more dirt' - but it's the general purpose of the engine anyways - just a big air pump.

I usually see MPG improvements going to the freer flowing filters as well...
congrats on the beast.Get K&N's and trust me they make more power over stock.They also beat afe's as I tried those and took them right out after about 15 min of driving with them.

If you really want to get nutty try driving the beast down the 1/4 with no filters
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congrats on the beast.Get K&N's and trust me they make more power over stock.They also beat afe's as I tried those and took them right out after about 15 min of driving with them.
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likes and gripes so far (in 3 days ownership)

prior owner bought this '05 in 11/04 as CPO with 10K miles on the ODO - original sticker is in the car, base was $79,500 upgrades to $91,260

likes:
dynamic seats, love it when my car hugs me back around corners
pano - damn it's SO nice
charcoal interior - not too hot in summer I hope
keyless go - such a spoiled boy I am now
heated/ventilated seats are good, but heat differently than other cars- overall pleased
lighting package - holy ****, seriously - it's like nighttime flying lights!!!
electric trunk closer - soccer mom envy
dimming mirrors - still gonna tint it though

gripes:
Command Navi - ok, sure it's an '05 but I WANT A TOUCH SCREEN!
no phone integration - do I just need a bluetooth puck?
no satellite radio - never had it before, have used it in rentals - maybe not worth it (not missing anything so far)
center console (i have the flipper one) - drink holder is just dumb and it's really hard to shift into drive if you have drinks in there!
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Well done toad
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Well done toad
Thanks!

oh - one more note, the lights in the interior - are they supposed to just 'glow' at nighttime? I think it's pretty friggin cool to be honest... like the low light setting in a plane at nighttime
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Toad I've watched you take some abuse man and I have to admit you are a resilient guy Congrats on the car, same color as mine so I'm partial. I love my glow lights inside at night too, just that little something that makes the car special. As far as the head lights, are they amazing or what? I hit the high beams at night and the speed limit signs turn into blazing suns, I just love it.

Welcome to the club man, glad you got yourself one of these special cars.

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First mod - take advice from this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaCodgL9cvk


Then, tint!

lol, one of those pictures looks familiar!




I dig it Toad! I want to check it out in person.
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Look up my sirius install and see if it applies to your car
Some 05's were prewired for Sirius

Note you wont get XM as the unit is too old and was manufactured prior to the merger
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First mod - take advice from this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaCodgL9cvk


Then, tint!

lol, one of those pictures looks familiar!




I dig it Toad! I want to check it out in person.
oh yeah

I should have parked over top the light covers on the ground like you did - better pic - need to photoshop it LOL

yes, wife has tint lined up already
will probably do a medium tint as silver and 5% gets me busted all the time
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